No Exemptions

Who we are: 
In our quest for full transparency in our state government, we are committed to ending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions for all state elected officials in Michigan, 

At Progress Michigan, we have dedicated years of time and energy to accountability and transparency in our government. Some of our biggest accomplishments include breaking news on the Aramark scandal in our state prisons  that led to Gov. Snyder cancelling the private prison contract and the Courser Gamrat scandal the resulted in both representatives being removed from their positions in the legislature. Our most recent project is the Sunshine Squad, the only interactive website in Michigan where you can easily access comprehensive information on campaign contributions and committees for state elected officials.

Where we're from:
Our primary office is located Lansing, MI and we also have an office in Detroit, MI.

Why we need your help: 

Under current Michigan law, the Governor's office (including staff) and the Legislature are exempt from FOIA. As a result, the Governor and his staff have been able to get away with actions that harm the well being of Michigan residents (most notably in the recent Flint water crisis) and with misusing taxpayer dollars without being held accountable. Ending FOIA exemptions for all state elected officials will help to shine a light on the inner workings of our state government and tell us whether or not our leaders are working on behalf of the people of Michigan who they were elected to serve.

How the funds will be spent:
These funds will be used to pay for specific FOIA requests and/or any legal fees that may result from those FOIA requests, as well as any other legal options available to end the FOIA exemption for Michigan’s state legislators and Governor.

Other Ways You Can Help:
Spread the word:  Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and by emailing your friends and family. Any support that you can give will bring us one step closer to holding our elected officials accountable and restoring our democracy.

Organizer and beneficiary

Progress Michigan
Lansing, MI
Lonnie Scott

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